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The outlandish knight
Adams, Richard, 1920-2016.
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Sutton : Severn House, 2000.
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249 pages ; 23 cm
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This is the story of three generations of a family. Raymond who joins with the forces massing to challenge Richard of York, his son who remains loyal to the princess whose future is far from secure and Anthony, a man of action, straying toward treason.

Author Notes

Richard George Adams was born in Newbury, England on May 9, 1920. He enrolled at the University of Oxford in 1938, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. During the war, he served with the British airborne forces in the Middle East and India. After the war, he returned to Oxford and received a degree in history in 1948. He joined the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and worked his way up over 20 years to a senior post in the clean-air section of the environmental department. He retired in 1974 to become a full-time writer.

His first his novel, Watership Down, was published in 1972. It received the Carnegie Medal in Literature in 1972 and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1973. His other books include Shardik, The Plague Dogs, Traveller, and Tales from Watership Down. He also wrote an autobiography entitled The Day Gone By. He died on December 24, 2016 at the age of 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Adams, author of the Carnegie Medal- winning Watership Down, shifts from fantasy to historical fiction in this novel of 16th-century England. Raymond, a wandering minstrel, is the first of three generations of musicians lucky (or unlucky) enough to have a direct influence on the course of English history. Each in turn serves the royalty of his generation: Henry Tudor, Catherine of Aragon, and Mary, Queen of Scots. One unique feature of the book that musicians will appreciate is the inclusion of songs and ballads from the period. Unfortunately, this work does not have the depth and substance of Adams's earlier works. Characters are introduced and eliminated within a matter of pages, never allowing the reader time to become attached to them. Readers familiar with Adams's previous books may pick up this title, but it will probably not win him a new audience. Mildly recommended for larger public libraries.--Jane Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs., AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.